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Although purpose built, the Tudor revival architecture of the low lying schoolhouse blends with its bucolic English landscape, like an estate cottage to the grander school beyond. Inside, a warm hallway with blackened timber beams leads to a oaken central staircase, and a gallery of celebrity photos, Keira Knightly, Jamie Oliver and JFK, all heroes of dyslexia, smile down at the current children passing by. Upstairs, small classrooms with low ceilings, one housing an IT suite, continue the cottagey feel...

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What the school says...

Moon Hall School for Dyslexic Children was founded in 1985. Since that time, hundreds of dyslexic boys and girls have been helped to achieve their potential, progressing to the secondary school of their choice and then often on to universities - including Oxbridge. Entrants should be of at least average ability and have been assessed as dyslexic by an independent Educational Psychologist. Prospective pupils will visit MHS for tests in literacy and numeracy and to ensure that their needs can be appropriately met.

The school offers integrated speech & language therapy and occupational therapy as needed, and is actively involved in research aimed at improving working memory, a core difficulty in dyslexia.
Touch typing is taught to all pupils from Year 3, with the aim that children gain proficiency to support their success as independent learners through secondary education and beyond.
Pupils benefit from the small learning groups with an adapted curriculum and specialist teachers, whilst experiencing the 'big school' experience through our unique relationship with Belmont, in whose extensive grounds we are housed.
A shared house system, assemblies, lunches, a broad array of clubs, and shared play times ensure that children have the joint benefit of focused specialist teaching with all of the social, emotional and extra curricular opportunities they need. Joint games lessons ensure that physical development, personal and team challenges are available to all children; alongside the opportunity to participate in the numerous matches and tournaments played with local preparatory schools.
Our aim is to teach children how they personally learn best. We work with our pupils to help them develop strategies which help them personally to overcome any barriers to their own learning and performance, which will enable them to engage successfully, realise and reach their potential in secondary school and beyond. We work with parents to establish the best 'next steps' for children after Year 6, at which point the majority of our pupils will return to mainstream schooling.
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Headteacher

Since 2016, Emma Fraser BA QTS EYPS Dip SpLD (late 40s). Began her working life as a chef with her own London-based catering company, before she got the calling to train as a teacher. After becoming a mum to two girls, worked in schools with particular interest in special needs within mainstream schooling. Undertook the Hornsby diploma in dyslexia and specific learning difficulties, then progressed to training in specific learning difficulties, including motor development, sensory development, language and concentration issues. Took a degree at the University of Greenwich and graduated to her first job at Rosemead Prep School in Dulwich. Spent 15 years there, building up the enrichment department as SENCo; ’You’ve got to be passionate about what this place is for,’ she exclaims. She sees her early hospitality experience as informing her work...

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Special Education Needs

Moon Hall is a school catering exclusively for dyslexic children. We focus on literacy and numeracy whilst providing all usual subjects across the curriculum with the exception of French. Each of our teachers holds a specialist diploma in teaching children with specific learning difficulties as well as a Phono-Graphix qualification. Children may be with us full-time for three or four years and will be taught in small groups. They are usually able to be based at Belmont school from Year 6 onwards but still receive English and, if required, maths teaching with Moon Hall teachers; or they may come to us part-time in groups of six or seven. All children are taught to touch-type and one-to-one tuition is provided as necessary.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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